Thursday, September 12, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Oodi Central Library
Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki


Why are we having so much trouble believing in democracy?


In this new world of e-communication technology, tension between the two goals of protecting individual rights and preserving national identity is increasingly apparent. Democracy is the backbone of many nations, yet the digital age challenges political systems at the core.


For example, the divide between Americans who strongly support equal inclusion for minorities and those Americans who believe that multiculturalism, secularism, and globalism are destroying American society has become deep and wide. A task facing the United States, as well as a number of European countries, is to develop institutions that reduce fears on both sides. Learning from other nations’ experiences, such as Finland’s, will be an important step in moving forward.


Edward Rhodes, Professor of Government and International Affairs at the Schar School of George Mason University, is visiting Helsinki to honor 100 years of Finnish-American diplomatic relations. He’s excited to talk with you about the historical context and philosophical assumptions that have shaped political institutions in the United States and that have resulted in the political differences we see between Europe and America. This is your chance to learn and question how liberal values and collective identities are being put to the test!


This collaborative event between SAM (Suomi-Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto), the U.S. Embassy in Finland, and Amcham Finland will happen at the beautiful Oodi Central Library in the heart of Helsinki. Program starts at 5:00 PM.

Amcham Event Partners:


Edward Rhodes

Professor of Government and International Affairs
Schar School of George Mason University

For more information contact:

Julia Mäklin

Policy Officer
+358 50 430 3443